Shorty turns 40

Posted: by Joe Johnston

Well, it had to happen. I reached my fortieth birthday this week.

Given that my son is a year and change old, I don’t have as much time for blogging as I once did.

They say parenthood changes your perspective on many things. Despite my best efforts, I am afraid that has happened to me too.

I launched two web services this year in the social media space: Nestor and Linksnest. While neither is wildly popular, these tools helped me learn the latest web design principals and tools.

Looking back at the start of the year, I see that I began with a stealth project for a friend that involved collaborative filtering and ajax. Need to get back to that at some point.

I sponsored a few kickstarter projects and contributed a prize to the Interactive Fiction Competition. I guess if I can’t do stuff myself, I can at least help those who are.

I got a mole on my face removed, but am experiencing some blow-back. Stupid organic body.

I worked for three different companies this year, one of which I worked for twice. We got our house painted and traded in our cars for new ones. I tasted 30 year old Laphroaig. Materially, it was a better year than many others had and I know how lucky I am.

We lost a great old lady cat, Miss Lulu, this year. She will be missed.

I guess I’m not as reflective as I have been in the past. Not enough time.